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Charlotte Symphony

Charlotte Symphony

Music is a catalyst for a stronger, more connected community. That belief is at the heart of the Charlotte Symphony, and every day we provide exceptional musical experiences that inspire our community, plus programs that create new pathways of opportunity.

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Prelude Ensembles


Program Description

Bring the CSO into your school with a Prelude Ensemble performance! These are special ensemble presentations performed by CSO musicians. Prelude Ensembles support the North Carolina Essential Standards for Music Education and can serve as either an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra for younger students or as an opportunity for middle and high school musicians to interact with


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Music
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Subject: Music
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Dates based on musician availability. Once your school’s request is received, we will follow-up with further scheduling details.

Available times:

Performance(s) should start no earlier than 9 AM or end later than 2 PM.


Space / technical requirements:

(1) 3 – 5 straight-backed, armless chairs (depending on the size of the ensemble)
(2) 3 – 5 music stands (preferred but not required)


Performances will take place at your school. Venues include classrooms, gyms, multipurpose rooms, etc.

Fees / Ticketing:

Trio= $550/session

Quartet- $700/session

Quintet= $900/session

*open to other numbered piece ensembles (i.e. soloists, duets,…)

**Schools outside of Mecklenburg County are subject to additional travel costs


NC Standard Course of Study:

L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. L3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening. L6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in developing vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression. Prelude Ensemble performances help students increase music literacy by helping them comprehend, analyze, and interpret the language of music.

NC Essential Standards:

MR.1 Understand the interacting elements to respond to music and music performances. Through watching a live performance students learn how to respond to classical music and classical music performances. They teach students about the various instruments of the orchestra and how they are played, and how to listen for elements such as tempo, dynamics, etc. ML.1 Apply the elements of music and musical techniques in order to sing and play music with accuracy and expression. Ml.2 Interpret the sound and symbol systems of music. For older music students the performances help teach about technique and musicianship skills through demonstration. CR.1 Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st-century connections with music. The programs make connections to other disciplines through the discussions of the composers and historical contexts of particular works.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Erica Hefner, Orchestra Director at Northwest School of the Arts

Alisha Green, Director of Literacy, Chester County School District



Cancellation Policy

At least two weeks prior notice is required to cancel or reschedule without penalty. Any cancellation or rescheduling that occurs within two weeks of the scheduled date is subject to be charged 50% of the program fee. Cancellations or rescheduling that occur within 48 hours of the program date will be charged the full amount.